I’m not usually the braggy type of mom but congratulations to my cutie for receiving the Presidential Award in academics!
I’m a proud mama ♥
“You have a great deal of control over real age. You can’t control your genetics but almost everything else you can control. I would estimate that 80% of aging that we get we can reduce” ~Dr. Keith Roach, Chief Medical Officer, Real Age
Did you catch the Dr. Oz episode where he gave viewers the Real Age Test? It’s been around for years, I first took it back when my ‘real age’ was 25. My ‘real age’ isn’t quite that young anymore but fortunately it’s still younger than my biological age. Guess I’m doing something right. The test was formulated by Dr. Roizen and Dr. Oz. The questions zero in on your health habits and lifestyle to determine how young you actually are based on your answers. Visit their site and click Real Age Test. Take it, it’s fun! Well, maybe it’s not so fun if your real age is older than your chronological age but it’s important to know because if you test older, it’s time to reevaluate your lifestyle.
If you test younger, good for you! If your ‘real age’ happens to be older, don’t feel bad, take it as a challenge to make some changes and get healthy. Perhaps you need to eat better, drink less alcohol, start meditating, stop smoking, lose weight, get more sleep, start exercising, get a physical or all of the above! A few positive tweaks to your lifestyle really can make a difference. Here’s the story of one woman who vastly changed her life for the better after learning her test results…
More and more studies are discovering links between cell phone use and tumors. Part I of this article was published last week, you can read it here. As I stated in that post, scientists at the World Health Organization [WHO] conducted a world wide study revealing that just 30 minutes a day of cell phone use for 10 years increased the risk of a rare brain tumor by 40%. This is of particular concern for children because they absorb 10 times the amount of radiation as an adult. Some countries ban children from using cell phones because of the health risk.
Distracted driving isn’t the only reason using a cell phone in the car is dangerous. According to the Research Center for Wireless Technology, when you use a cell phone in the car, the reflective properties of the car’s metal chassis and frame increases the radiation exposure exponentially to everyone in the car, not just the person using the phone. This also occurs inside buses, motor homes and elevators.
The health risks that cell phones potentially cause is an ongoing concern, one that needs more research. We are still using cell phone radiation safety standards that were put in place 17 years ago! The FCC is FINALLY reevaluating them and the Environmental Working Group has launched a campaign to make sure it gets done! Love that EWG! In the mean time, there are steps we can take to keep ourselves safer and limit exposure to cell phone radiation:
Remember, there was a time when cigarettes were believed to be harmless. Considering what we now know about cigarettes it’s shocking to think that women actually smoked while they were pregnant. It will be interesting to see what we learn about cell phone use in the coming years. Forward this and part I of this article to your friends, anyone who uses a cell phone should be aware of the risks, especially those who have given cell phones to their children.
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Who among us doesn’t rely on our cell phones every single day? I was charging mine the other day, nearly forgot it as I was running out of the house and the thought occurred to me, how did we ever live without these things?! But how much radiation are we really being exposed to?
A report released from the Environmental Health Trust [EHT] says that governmental testing of cell phone radiation is highly inaccurate. “Unsurprising, biased and misleading,” is what EHT President, cancer epidemiologist, Devra Davis, PhD, MPHT says about a recent Danish study that underplayed the cancer risk from cell phone use.
The tests conducted by the Federal Communication Commission [FCC] are based on old science, old cell phone models and they do not take into consideration the increase of current cell phone use. Their tests are done on mannequins emulating a 220 pound man who is 6’2″ tall, this does not represent most of the population.
Not too worried about yourself? Think twice when it comes to your kids’ cell phone use. Children absorb radiation at a far higher rate than adults. Radiation goes 150% deeper into the head of a 10 year old child than it does an adult’s head; radiation goes even deeper into that of a 5 year old.
One study shows that the bone marrow of a child absorbs 10 times the amount of radiation as an adult. The radiation “limits” allowed by governmental studies pertain to adult men not children. It’s cause for concern, particularly for kids who have their own cell phone or for kids who frequently use their parent’s cell phones for games and web surfing. EHT points out that some countries ban children from using cell phones because of the health risk.
Scientists at the World Health Organization [WHO] believe that cell phones are carcinogenic. ABC News reported that WHO conducted a world wide study revealing that just 30 minutes a day of cell phone use for 10 years increased the risk of a rare brain tumor by 40%.
Be sure to check out part II is this series which includes cell phone safety tips.
2 years in the blogosphere! It’s been quite a ride. Has it been a ton of hard work? Has it been incredibly time consuming and so frustrating that at times I wonder why the heck I keep at it? Hell yes. I could use a staff of 10. If you blog, you know what I’m talking about. But above all, it has been a rewarding life changing experience on which I thrive.
My very first blog post appeared the day after Oprah aired her final show. She spoke of a calling. She expressed to her audience that she wants all of us to live from the heart of ourselves… “you have to know what sparks the light in you, so, you in your own way can illuminate the world. We all have a platform, yours is wherever you are,” she told viewers.
This is my platform. I am passionate about learning and staying informed and sharing that knowledge. What I find most rewarding is when someone expresses that they found an article or post that I have written to be useful and informative. I’m also happy when they just think it’s fun.
I sincerely thank each and every one of my fabulous readers for taking the time out of your busy day to check out the latest on Savvy Suburban. I truly appreciate you and will strive to continue bringing you interesting, informative and fun topics.
“Journalism is shedding light on things that people don’t know about or
know very little about” -Linda Formichelli
Guest Post by Sam Marquis
Considering a ‘green’ vacation this summer? One of these resorts might just be the ticket
Environmental Awareness In Tourism Is Growing. As an independent commercial contractor, I’ve witnessed the initial implementation of “green” building materials. Responsible tourism is important in today’s society. Various individuals are working hard to increase sustainability and their devotion to being eco-friendly is being recognized.
Las Vegas in particular has made great strides toward becoming an eco-friendly city. The Las Vegas Palazzo Resort was recently named ‘Most Eco Friendly Hotel in America,’ and with good reason. This resort finds ways to reuse its own waste, making it a little more self-sustaining while also containing water recycling systems and solar panels for heating.
Wild Asia, an Asian accommodation provider, gives out annual Responsible Tourism Awards to organizations that demonstrate an admirable level of respect for the environment. A number of categories are recognized, among them are; Wildlife Conservation and Cultural Preservation.
There are several ways resorts and hotels can become more sustainable. Many organizations are implementing eco-friendly systems such as:
It’s truly great to see so many people working to improve our environmental situation. Increased sustainability of the most heavily used facilities helps the planet and raises awareness. With nearly 40 million travelers in Las Vegas last year alone, there’s no doubt that people will become more conscious of our effect on the environment.
No One. That is why it is vital that the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) be reformed. Would you be shocked to find out that there may be flame retardants in the peanut butter that you give to your kids? I was. The act was passed in 1976 to regulate the thousands of chemicals in commerce but it desperately needs an overhaul because it is not protecting consumers.
Companies are not required to show that the chemicals they use in any given product are safe before they go on the market. That’s right, we assume what companies sell us is safe for our families but that is absolutely not always the case. It is unfathomable. And we wonder why there is so much disease and illness and why so many kids have issues from allergies to autism. Toxic chemicals in our environment, in our personal care products and in the food we eat lead to these problems.
The Safe Chemicals Act would reform this law and ‘require a very strong safety standard.’ That is what we need. The Environmental Working Group [EWG] is doing their best to inform the public and make changes to protect consumers. In this short video, EWG’s Chief of Staff, Heather White, sheds some light on why reforming TSCA is necessary.